Last week was Tongan Language Week in New Zealand and I thought it would be kind of fun to share a Youtube post about a muckbang feast that was used to celebrate the week.
Central to all Pacific Island celebrations, is faith, family and food.
This year in celebration of Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga – Tongan Language Week, Pacific Media Network’s Agnes Tupou is joined by KaiNow founder and food lover Robb Nai in a mukbang-style mini Tongan feast.
A muckbang, also known as “muek-bang,” is the term that originated from two Korean words meaning “eating” (meokneun) and “broadcast” (bangsong). So combined, mukbang describes an “eating broadcast.”
The popularity of mukbang started in South Korea in 2011. Today, hundreds and thousands of people continue to tune in to watch so-called “broadcast jockeys.” The jockey, or host, binge eats large quantities of food in front of a live stream.
KaiNow is an online Facebook group where members discuss and share their love of food, usually in the form of a live broadcast of themselves enjoying or cooking a meal. The group was created in 2018 by Nai, and has amassed a large community of food lovers from all over Aotearoa and the world.
Watch Tupou and Nai indulge in a hearty Tongan spread, with a side of banter in their mother tongue: